A deadly disease proving fatal for dogs in Berkshire has prompted another warning from a specialist vet.

Dog owners have been issued a fresh warning about Alabama Rot after five cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed in Reading and Buckinghamshire since the start of the year.

Researchers based in Winchester has confirmed new cases of the potentially-fatal cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) disease (Alabama Rot) in Reading, Berkshire and Bucks.

David Walker who leads the team at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists and is the UK’s foremost authority on the disease, issued a warning to dog owners in Berkshire.

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He said: “We’re advising dog owners across the country to remain calm but vigilant and seek advice from their local vets if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions.

"“If a dog becomes affected by CRGV, the best chance of recovery probably lies with early and intensive veterinary care which may be best provided at a specialist facility such as Anderson Moores.

“Treatment primarily revolves around intensive management of the acute kidney injury and is sadly only successful in around 10 per cent of cases."

Recently Molly the Labrador Retriever was referred to the specialist vets after her limbs were swelling up.

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After four days of intense treatment, her condition started to improve and she was discharged after two weeks.

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Mr Walker said: "Molly continued to slowly improve and, after two nerve-wracking weeks, she was discharged to continue her recovery at home. Recovery for patients such as Molly is often prolonged but she has continued to do well.

“Sadly, stories such as Molly’s are relatively rare, with CRGV remaining a devastating disease, without a known cause or treatment. The disease has taken away many beloved dogs from their families."

According to researchers, Alabama Rot is prominent in January and February where they have seen highest case numbers.

In total, the UK has now seen 268 confirmed cases, including 17 since the turn of the year.